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Chelsea cruise past Real Madrid to set up the 3rd all English Champions League Final against Manchester City

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Chelsea’s decision to end Frank Lampard’s tenure and hand Thomas Tuchel the hot seat at the Stamford Bridge midway through the season turned out to be a miracle.
Chelsea keeper saves a shot

The German Tactician led the blues to an all important Champions League Final. The Blues walked away with a 1-1 draw from the Spanish Capital in the first leg before handing the 13 time UCL winners, Real Madrid a 2-0 defeat in West London in the second leg of Semi-final 2.

Chelsea were high on confidence, thanks to their away goal advantage and clearly looked the better side right from the start. Madrid too looked a lot more confident as they welcomed back skipper Sergio Ramos in the playing XI and created a few notable chances.

Chelsea were so clear about their intentions and Timo Werner tapped in the ball after a looping cross from left flank by Ben Chilwell but thanks to Real Madrid’s good luck the flag went against him as he couldn’t time his run to perfection and the scoreline remained 0-0 on the night.

Edouard Mendy delivered a perfect Champions League performance as he stood tall against the Champions of Spain. He saved Benzema’s shot to start off with.

Timo Werner delivered when it mattered the most and silenced all his critics and made no mistake to get ball past Thibaut Courtois after the N’Golo Kante’s effort rebounded off the crossbar. Karim Benzema tested Mendy, again and as mentioned earlier he stood tall against the Frenchman, yet again.

Chelsea started second half in the driver’s seat and Real Madrid looked clueless as Kai Havertz’s shot hit the bar again. Chelsea could have increased their lead on multiple occasions but Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Kante were at the end of bad misses.

It looked Chelsea would be happy to walk away with a 1-0 victory but Mason Mount had different plans. Christian Pulisic’s pass was well met by Mason Mount who kept his cool and sealed the deal for the Blues.

The 29th of May will witness the Sky blues of Manchester lock horns against the Blues of Stamford Bridge.